Cult Pens Diamine Flower Inks Set – Sunflower

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The chances are most if not all of us will have grown sunflowers as young kids, either at home or at school. For me I remember it being too early when I left for school and too late when I got back to see the flower heads point directly at the sun, changing position over time. Bit of a miss. However, will this ink be a hit for me.

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ScriBo Write Here

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The fountain pen community was shocked back in November 2015 when the Chinese company O-Luxe announced they were closing one of their brands, OMAS, with the doors finally being shut in January 2016. Later that year, out of the ashes, a phoenix rose. Scrittura Bolognese. October 2017 and the first ‘regular’ ScriBo pen was released. A store only collaboration with Write Here of Shrewsbury.

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Friday post may be delayed a week

I have actually written and proof read a piece for tomorrow and just have the photos to do. Problem is my NAS died a few days back. Not the biggest issue in itself as everything is backed up, however it’s replacement arrives tomorrow (Friday). Thing is once it arrives I need to get the new one set up and data (including copies of all my photos) restored and so this will be my priority.

Cult Pens Diamine Flower Inks Set – Petunia

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I’ll admit it, until I went to look in to the petunia for this review I did not realise nature actually evolved flowers with near black petals. I can think of several reasons why and I suspect they glow white under an infra red light. As someone with negligible green finger knowledge I have been gaining a certain amount of horticultural knowledge while reviewing this ink set.

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Cult Pens Diamine Flower Inks Set – Dahlia

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I will admit I am confused by the naming of this one. I have been open about lacking knowledge when it comes to plants and flowers, so I assumed dahlia would be green in colour, or at least some of the variants. I looked at 12 pages, some 220+ different plant options on the Royal Horticultural Society shop website, and yet the closest I could find was the Tsuki-yori-no-shisha below and that is probably a cream flower with the green being a reflection of the stem. Fortunately a further search showed me there were green ones out there, though not available for purchase in the UK. I did ask a friend who is a keen gardener and he mentioned dahlias do come in every colour bar blue, however the green ones tend to have very little contrast with the foliage around them.

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Cult Pens Diamine Flower Inks Set – Buttercup

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As mentioned in my group review of this ink set, Cult Pens have gone out to create through Diamine a unique set of inks for this set. Now with buttercup we finally have a flower I know and can almost recognise. To me buttercups mean summers when I was young and farmers were more open to letting families use their fields for picnics.

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Cheap Chinese Originals

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Let’s be blunt. China has a bad reputation in the pen world for supplying little but cheap blatant clones. It is not the only country to do this, but it is the main offender. This is what spurred me to write my articles on UK sold fountain pens for under a fiver and the follow up post. Recently Ania over at Penchantink has reviewed three Chinese originals, each costing under a fiver. She has now leant me these pens, so here are my views.

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Cult Pens Diamine Flower Inks Set – Snap Dragon

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From my group review of this ink set, and my write up of Orchid, I gave the impression that all of the Cult Pens Diamine Flower Inks Set inks are pastels. This is not so and here we have a bold colour to put me in my place. Now once more those of you of a horticultural bent may ask me what variant this ink is based on. I struggle to keep potted herbs alive, however a quick Google does show pictures of many Snap Dragon flowers of this sort of shade.

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